Call for Papers: Religion and Postcolonial Literature, Music, and Art

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. John Hawley
Guest Editor
Department of English, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 95053, USA
Interests: Victorian and postcolonial literatures; gender studies; intersection between religion and literature

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue seeks to update the study of religion from a postcolonial theoretical approach to include not only Christianity but also the other major world religions, and to explore the uses to which religion has been put—both in the further imposition of varieties of colonization, and also in resistance to powerful economic and military forces in various cultures and colonizing (and decolonizing) projects.

On the one hand, there is stultifying and mechanistic formalism, institutional self-preservation, pacification of the masses, and patriarchal intransigence; on the other hand, theology from below, renegade priests and nuns, local artistic and musical expression that speaks truth to power—heretical, blasphemous, and ecstatic disruption. Sometimes a comfort, sometimes a spur to rebellion. Essays on literature’s responses to these countervailing winds will be included, as will those that treat either popular and high art or music. 

How is cultural representation manipulated by religion? In what ways should Karl Marx’s usually truncated observation be interpreted today: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” How does this two-edged sword find expression in Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, African traditional religions, and others? What postcolonial role do Atheism and Gnosticism play, if any?

Prof. Dr. John Hawley
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Humanities is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.


  • religion
  • postcolonial theoretical approach
  • colonization
  • postcolonial literature

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